Cherokee author Marilou Awiakta weaves a fascinating chapter book that is based on the real-life experiences of a seven-year-old Choctaw girl kidnapped by United States soldiers during the 1830s. Rising Fawn lived with her extended Choctaw family in Mississippi but the American government's plans for the removal of all Indians to the west intruded on her life. With clarity and compassion the author has taken the real-life experiences of a Choctaw child and retold a moving narrative as seen through the eyes of the child.
Offsides is a well-written novel that draws on the Iroquois heritage of a teenage soccer star who finds his cultural traditions trivialized and stereotyped by his new high school's sports team mascot. The Warriors, with its accompanying denigrating and war-like mascot, is a cherished part of the Southwind high school tradition. The soccer coach desperately wants this new Mohawk player who exhibits excellent skills. But Tom Gray sees this stereotyped mascot as an insult and wants the school to make a change. Tom refuses to play his beloved sport for the Southwind school.
UNAVAILABLE Un Inukshuk Solitaire is the French language edition of The Lonely Inukshuk. This bilingual book is a collaborative effort by fifteen grade 5-7 students from Inuglak School, Whale Cove, Nunavut. The students and their teachers entered Scholastic's Create-a-Book Content and won the 1998-1999 publishing award that challenges students to write and illustrate a children's picture book. The students from Inuglak School have created a wonderful picture book about the important role of the stone figures created by Inuit of the Arctic to act as beacons for travellers.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
La Quête Spirituelle de Petit Ours is the French edition for Little Bear's Vision Quest. This is a lavishly illustrated picture book that teaches respect for others. The main character is Little Bear who lives along the Northwest Coast. Little Bear behaves selfishly and is inconsiderate to his friends. In an effort to teach Little Bear proper behavior and respect, his grandfather sends him away to an island. Little Bear is told to "look inside" and learn from his bad behavior. Finally, Little Bear learns how he hurt his friends' feelings and decides to change.
When the Spirits Dance by award-winning authors Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden is a recent children's book about a Cree family during the Second World War. Larry Loyie grew up with his extended family in Rabbit Hill in northern Alberta. In 1941 when Larry was eight, the family's traditional lifestyle was interrupted as the need for an increased Canadian war effort reached Slave Lake in Alberta. The Loyie family was faced with the need for all able-bodied men to enlist in Canada's army.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher. The Three Little Sheep (Dibe Yazhi Taa'go Baa Hane') is a Navajo and English picture book retelling the tale of the Three Little Pigs and the Wolf. Navajo educator Seraphine Yazzie uses her skills to write the Dine version of this hilarious story. The three little sheep live with their mother in a house but one day mother sheep tells her sons that they must move out and a find a home of their own. So the brother sheep set off in different directions to find their new homes and become self-sufficient.
The Dream Carvers is a captivity story with a difference. Written by Joan Clark this novel takes a Viking youth, Thand, who is assisting his father on an expedition to the new found land in search of lumber, and places him captive in a Beothuk village. Set in the 11th century the story focuses on the new life awaiting Thand as he is adopted by a Beothuk family to replace their family member killed by a Greenlander. At first the Viking youth can only think of returning to his home in Greenland. As time goes by he lives and works with his Beothuk family.
The Dark Pond is one of Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac's contemporary novels based on a traditional scary story from a Native American legend. In this story we meet Arnie, half Armenian and half Shawnee, who attends a private school that values environmental education. But there is a mysterious pond on the school property and Arnie is being drawn toward it. By making friends with another school student and the Abenaki grounds keeper, Arnie works to find out why this pond seems to be calling to him. Lexile Level: 820; Guided Reading Level: U; DRA Level: 44-50.
UNAVAILABLE Abenaki author and storyteller successfully transformed a traditional Mohawk story about the skeleton man into a contemporary plot with a teenage Mohawk girl whose family mysteriously disappears. In the earlier novel, The Skeleton Man, a strange ôuncleö appears to claim Sally and she is left with disturbing dreams that seem to reflect the traditional legend about a man whose ôhungerö reaches frightening proportions. The girl's father had often told this Mohawk legend about a long ago family who disappears only to be saved by the family's youngest member.